Who is more effective as a leader, introvert, or extrovert?
Organizational psychologist Adam Grant says his research shows that introverts and extroverts are equally effective as leaders, based on their companies' performance or teams.
Whether introverts/extroverts were more or less effective depended on the kind of employees they had. Extroverts are better leaders with reactive followers, people who are looking for direction from above. If I am an extroverted leader, I will fire you up, get excited, and you will be ready to follow the direction I have created.
Introverted leaders were more effective with proactive employees. If you have a whole team of people who bring their ideas and suggestions to the table, who are taking the initiative, extroverted leaders would feel threatened by that. They are like "don't steal my spotlight, I am in charge here". That has two negative effects: (i) they shut those people's ideas down, and (ii) they left their people demotivated.
Introverts were much more likely to listen. And make people feel valued and get better ideas to the table.
And we live in the world now where we need more proactivity from the employees. As the world is more dynamic and competitive, as a leader, you cannot see everything what is happening or going to happen.
Given that proactive employees are more important than ever before, introvert leaders are going to be more effective in the future.
Agree or disagree?
If you are a founder or a CEO, read this great interview with Daniel Ek, Founder and CEO of Spotify.
In this interview:
On a Typical Day →
On Good Meetings →
On Being Intentional with Time →
On Personal Time Management →
On Creating an Open Calendar →
On Company Bets →
On Delegated Decision Making →
On Working in Flow →
On Learning as a Personal Habit →
On Founders →
On Spotify and Content Acquisition→
On Creative Process →
On Acquisitions →
On Shadowing Other CEOs →
On his Personal Leadership Style →
On Handling a Board →
On Swedish Culture →
On Algorithms →
On Becoming a Father →
As a CEO, I often have no clue what I am doing, what is my job/role, and where this company is going to. I often think that the company I am building is a total BS 💩.
Also, I sometimes feel that we are implementing the most genius idea, and it will turn over the world. And then I have a crystal clear clarity of the future and how we are going to get there 🚀.
Then I ask myself if I am slightly bipolar, and googling around that proves true 😭.
If you can relate to this, don’t worry, this does not prevent you from building a unicorn 🦄. Surprisingly 🤷♂️.
Sam Altman, CEO @ OpenAI, ex President @ Y Combinator writes about idea generation:
“The best ideas are fragile; most people don’t even start talking about them at all because they sound silly. Perhaps most of all, you want to be around people who don’t make you feel stupid for mentioning a bad idea, and who certainly never feel stupid for doing so themselves.”
“Finally, a good test for an idea is if you can articulate why most people think it’s a bad idea, but you understand what makes it good.”
Read full post here: https://blog.samaltman.com/idea-generation